A third-period scoring blitz enabled the Niagara men's hockey team to go into the semester break on a high note.
Ted Cook, Kyle Rogers and Igor Mironov scored in a span of 1:11 to help the Purple Eagles complete a two-game sweep of College Hockey America rival Wayne State, 4-2, Saturday night at Dwyer Arena.
Rogers broke a 1-1 tie with a short-handed marker before Cook followed with the eventual game-winner at even strength. It was Cook's 17th of the season and second of the game. Cook entered the game ranked second in the nation in goals.
NU sophomore goalie Juliano Pagliero made 28 saves one night after turning aside 41 shots in posting his first career shutout.
Niagara is unbeaten in its first seven home games (6-0-1) and ends the first semester portion of its schedule 10-6-3 overall, leading the CHA with a 6-1-3 mark.
"I'm very proud of the team because they finished the semester strong and made it a great semester," said NU coach Dave Burkholder.
The Purple Eagles return to action at Dwyer Arena Dec. 30 against local rival Canisius, which dropped a 4-1 Atlantic Hockey decision to visiting American International.
The Yellow Jackets snapped the Golden Griffins' three-game home winning streak when Bryan Jurynce's tip-in power-play goal at 16:32 of the second period broke a 1-1 tie. AIC (2-14, 2-11) tacked on two empty netters in the final 41 seconds to send Canisius (4-12-1, 4-8-1) into the semester break on a low note. The Griffins were outshot, 11-0, in the third period and 26-12 for the game.
"Everybody is frustrated, but we didn't play a complete game moment to moment, shift to shift," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "We need total commitment to our team game and need all our players to buy into the system all the time to be successful."
MEN'S BASKETBALL: DaShaun Wood's two free throws with 9.6 seconds left broke a 57-57 tie as Wright State beat St. Bonaventure, 59-57, in the Reilly Center.
Bona set up an inbounds play with 3.7 seconds left to A.J. Hawkins, but his jumper glanced off the front of the rim to send Bona to its sixth loss in nine games.
The Bonnies trailed by as many as seven in the first half, but used a 14-4 run in the final 6:40 to take a 27-24 halftime lead. Junior guard Zarron Fereti scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the half for Bona.
Paul Williams (14 points) tied it twice in the final 2:34 for Bona, once on a traditional three-point play to make it 55-all and then on a putback with 1:08 left. Williams scored 12 points in the second half.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: St. Bonaventure struggled mightily against nationally ranked Bowling Green of the Mid-American Conference in dropping a 71-46 decision in the Reilly Center.
Falcons seniors Ali Mann and Carin Horne each scored 19 points as Bowling Green shot 48 percent from the floor for the game, while holding Bona to 16-of-47 shooting (34 percent).
Bowling Green (7-1), ranked No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, ended this one quickly, racing to an 8-0 lead and closed the first half with a 12-5 run en route to a 36-18 halftime lead. Bona (4-5) committed a season-high 12 first-half turnovers and compounded its troubles by hitting just 7 of 24 shots. Senior Audrey Latendresse, who came in averaging 16.9 points per game, scored none in the first half and finished with two points on 1-for-10 shooting.
Freshman Dana Mitchell was the only Bonnie to reach double-figures, finishing with 11 points and six rebounds.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: A third-period goal by Niagara's Mary McKinnon ended a streak of 171 scoreless minutes by Clarkson goalie Stephanie Hansen, but the Knights went on to a 2-1 victory at Cheel Arena in Potsdam. Katie Gray and Chelsea Donovan assisted on McKinnon's goal, her third of the season. It was the seventh straight win, a school record, for Clarkson (12-6-2). Niagara is 4-10-4.